Horse riding is a favourite pastime of both adults and children alike. However, horse riding is also an extremely dangerous activity in which personal injury accidents can occur if the right precautions are not taken.
The most common horse riding accidents include riders falling from horses due to unsafe equipment being used, or the rider being inexperienced. Accidents also occur if a horse is involved in a road traffic accident.
Injuries from horses can include spinal damage, broken bones, or cuts and grazes. Injuries from horse kicks or bites are also common, and fatalities can even occur if a horse falls on top of the rider.
How can I avoid a horse riding accident?
- Only ride once you have undergone riding lessons with a qualified instructor.
- Only ride a horse that you have the experience and skill level to ride.
- Check that the horse’s equipment, including the saddle, girth, bridle and reins, are all suitably tightened before riding.
- Always wear a helmet and appropriate riding boots. Wearing unsuitable footwear may cause you to fall from the saddle and suffer a personal injury accident.
- Never leave children unsupervised when horse riding.
- If riding on a road, make sure that the horse is used to traffic. If riding at night, wear a fluorescent visibility jacket so that you can be seen by motorists, to reduce the chance of having a road traffic accident.
I have suffered a horse riding accident. Can I make a claim?
If you have suffered a horse riding accident in the last three years, and it was not your fault, then you could gain compensation with the help of Accident Advice Helpline. All of our staff are specially trained to give advice about claims after personal accidents and our helpline is open day and night.
Sponsored by Esther Rantzen, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm and can give you the information and advice you need after an accident. With over thirteen years experience in dealing with personal injury claims and a legal team who work on a 100 per cent no win, no fee basis, Accident Advice Helpline is the right choice for you.
Call our help line today on 0800 689 0500, or fill in our compensation calculator. Quick and easy, it only takes 30 seconds to start your claim for personal injury compensation.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown